What generation / version is my S&W Sport?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MacTech, Sep 12, 2013.

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  1. MacTech

    MacTech Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha
    I have sent an email to S&W to find out when my Sport was made, but in the interim, I'm wondering what "revision" it is (to borrow computer terminology) as it has some features the current ones don't have.....

    It has the 1/8 5R Melonite barrel
    It has a Magpul MBUIS rear sight
    There appears to be an aluminum heat shield under the front hand guard

    I know the 1/8 5R barrel dates it as an earlier model
    The MBUIS I thought was used on newer models
    Newer models apparently don't have heat shields under the front hand guard either

    I did buy it used, so another possibility is the previous owner could have installed a MBUIS and heat shielded front hand guard on an older model, but this one looked essentially unfired....
  2. batmann

    batmann Member

    Jul 22, 2007
    The way you describe it, I would have to say it is the first version Smith made. Fine rifle. I came very close to buying one, but bought the 1/7 chrome lined barrel M&P 15 MOE ( first version as well) instead.
    It has been a fine rifle as well. Well over a 1000 rounds of cheap Russian steel case ammo and at least that much with brass cased and never the slightest problem.
  3. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    It's probably not a first gen. The first gen had an A2 style rear sight, and the hand guard wasn't shielded at all. I would guess 2nd gen when switched to the MBUS rear sight, but were still using the 1/8 twist 5R rifled bbl. Of course, as you note, you bought it second hand. So we can't say for sure it's not a first gen that the owner made two easy and inexpensive part swaps on. I wouldn't worry about it either way. I'd just be happy you got the 1/8 5R bbl, and not the new standard bbl S&W quietly transitioned the Sport to.
  4. RainDodger

    RainDodger Member

    Aug 20, 2009
    Great Northwest - Idaho!
    Interesting... I have one of the first Sports available. As ugaarguy said, mine had an A2 rear sight on a removable carry handle. Be very happy with that barrel - they're going to be sought after one day! I've found mine to be at the very least as accurate as my Colt and older SGW, and easier to clean because of the profile of the lands in the barrel. Mine is also finished better than my other ARs.

    Mine has no heat shield or magpul parts as it was from the factory.

    Enjoy! Mine has also never failed to function perfectly.
  5. justice06rr

    justice06rr Member

    Oct 7, 2011
    I'm not familiar with the generations of the Sport, but you definitely got a pre-2013 with the 1/8 5R rifling. Excellent rifles for the price.
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